Much has been made by the nuclear power industry about how many jobs they claim to create. The numbers in Germany show a much different reality. In 2008 before Germany’s big cuts to nuclear were put in place nuclear power employed 30,000 people. Today in Germany renewable energy employs 382,000 people. Projections show by 2020 the renewable energy sector will employ 500,000 people.
These number are quite impressive in a country with 81 million people. By contrast the US has over 313 million people. The US nuclear industry lobbying group NEI estimates about 57,200 US jobs are due to the current nuclear power industry.
The difference in job creation by a stronger shift to renewables is significant in both the volume of jobs and the duration these jobs would exist for.
Some charts that show the jobs in Germany:
Jobs by sector, Kernenergie is the nuclear power industry.
Conventional (red) vs. Renewables in Germany
Progression of renewable energy jobs in Germany
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